Heather L. Montgomery

Karim Shamsi-Basha

Heather L. Montgomery writes for kids who are wild about animals. An award-winning educator, Heather uses yuck appeal to engage young minds. She has a BS in biology and an MS in environmental education and has published numerous science books, including 2019 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill and 2022 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book What’s in Your Pocket? Inquiry is her life.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot . . . "—Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Sy Montgomery, Mary Roach, Joyce Sidman

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To ask more intriguing questions about the world.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Ask questions of the world, then share your wonder!